Drought returns to haunt Ethiopia
This story from Reuters says a recent drought in Ethiopia has caused a food crisis and 126,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition. 6 million Ethiopian children under the age of five may be at risk of malnutrition, according to the story.That figure is more than a mere stastistic.
Yet there is a conspiracy of silence on the part of the Ethiopian government and its media that seem to be more concerned about artifical image than the plight of those vulnerable children.
The children who are dying of needless malnutrition are also victims of shameful neglect.As the late Martin Luther King once said, most of us will not have to repent of any great crimes, but simply of the apathy which stopped us from doing anything.
Siraro, May 19 (Reuters)- Ethiopian mother Ayantu Tamon has lost a child to hunger every year for the last four and now cradles her severely malnourished and weakened three-year-old son Hirbu in her arms.
“I just hope God lets him live,” she says. “I have only two children left.”
Hirbu is being fed by drip at Rophi Catholic Church in Siraro, a remote farming area 350 km (220 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa.
Read the whole story here.